Membership in Account Operators, Domain Admins, or Enterprise Admins, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at

To disable or enable a user account using Active Directory Administrative Center
  1. To open Active Directory Administrative Center, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Administrative Center.


    Another way to open Active Directory Administrative Center is to click Start, click Run, and then type dsac.exe.

  2. In the navigation pane, select the node that contains the user account whose status you want to change.

  3. In the management list, right-click the user whose status you want to change.

  4. Depending on the status of the user account, do one of the following:

    • To disable the user account, click Disable.

    • To enable the user account, click Enable.

Additional considerations

  • You can also perform the task in this procedure by using the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell. To open the Active Directory module, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell. For more information, see Disable or Enable a User Account (

    For more information about Windows PowerShell, see Windows PowerShell (

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